RK Nagar bypoll: Tamil actor Raadhika Sarathkumar's office raided by the IT department
Tamil actor Raadhika Sarahkumar's office in Chennai was raided by Income Tax department officials on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, reports Times of India.
This news comes after the IT department also raided the houses and premises of her husband Sarathkumar, along with those of a few others, including Tamil Nadu health minister Dr C Vijayabhaskar. The celebrity couple's residence was raided on 7 April as part of a widespread crackdown on AIADMK ministers and close confidantes.
"The department is keen on getting to know the money trail between Sarathkumar and the AIADMK. In Monday's grilling, we could not get much information from Sarathkumar. We have information that the money trail could lead us to his wife's company," the Times of India quoted an IT official as saying.
The income tax officials carried raids on the residence and office premises of Sarathkumar, who is the chief of the All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi, on Friday, 7 April, after he extended his support to TTV Dhinakaran from the Sasikala camp in the RK Nagar by-poll. The seat fell vacant following the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
However, nothing major was seized during the raids. Sarathkumar had appeared before the IT officials on Monday, 10 April, and he was grilled for almost eight hours after which the officers decided to carry out a raid on the office of Radaan Media Pvt Ltd, which is owned by his wife Raadhika Sarathkumar.
The I-T dept is keeping an eye on all the developments related to the RK Nagar by-poll, which was scheduled to be held on 12 April, but has been cancelled by the Election Commission following allegations of the votes-for-notes scam.